Obama Plays Dumb

Truth is alien to Barack Obama, but this doesn't mean he's a liar.

Someone who tells you that two plus two is three is only a liar if he can add. Obama can't add, but this doesn't mean he's stupid.

Stupidity is a failure to grasp the most obvious elements of reality, but in order to fail, you have to try. Obama doesn't try.

Obama dwells in a different realm from truth, and questions about him are typically undecidable.

An excellent example of Obama's spooky propensity for undecidability is his apparently naive belief in the willingness of Republicans to compromise with Democrats about taxes and spending.

How stupid is Barack Obama pretending to be?

No one will ever know for sure, or even develop a convincing argument one way or the other, because the otherwise universal law of non-contradiction does not apply to Barack Obama, and nothing about him ever has to be one way or the other.

So while Obama played dumb, and pretended to believe that Republicans would compromise with Democrats about taxes and spending, and zero Republicans actually compromised in the House of Representatives...

A grand total of three Republicans compromised in the Senate, for the trifling price of another $40 billion in tax cuts, so you can't really prove that Obama was wrong, and you can't really prove he was right.

Barack Obama isn't a man of either/or. He's a man of both/and, and if his famously bipartisan inclusivity just happens to include mutually exclusive alternatives, that's just tough luck for the rest of us, who dwell in a realm of stark alternatives.

We have a house, or we don't. We have a job, or we don't.

But while the rest of us lose jobs and houses, Barack Obama is still floating along in a warm and fuzzy world where everything is whatever he wants it to be at the moment, and if he wants to talk like a Harvard professor at press conferences while he also pretends to be so incredibly stupid that he thought Republicans would compromise with Democrats about taxes and spending...

It isn't really a problem for Barack Obama.

But it's a crushing problem for hundreds of thousands of the rest of us, who are losing our jobs and houses every week, while $9.7 trillion flows out of the US Treasury and the Federal Reserve into the bank accounts of exactly the same bank speculators who destroyed the American economy.

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    Both/and (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by lentinel on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 11:02:18 AM EST
    My favorite example of Obama's propensity for "both/and" was his support and campaigning for Lieberman while attending fittings for his crown as the man who was against the war from the beginning.

    It's almost ironic... (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jacob Freeze on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 01:06:30 PM EST
    There's something about Obama campaigning for Lieberman against Lamont, and then Lieberman campaigning for McCain against Obama, and maybe it's irony, but Lieberman is such a schlub that irony is probably too good a word for anything he does, and somehow it feels more like this example from Wikipedia...

    For example, a misuse of irony would be to say "It is ironic that the same day that he ate a chicken dinner a chicken landed on his head."

    What we really need is Groucho Marx on the same stage as Obama all the time, and every time Obama sails off into the never-never land of both/and, Groucho makes a chicken land on his head!

    Anyway, you're totally right about about the both/and aspect of Obama campaigning for Lieberman against a real anti-war candidate like Lamont.


    Excellent diary. (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 02:45:53 PM EST
    You last line pretty much states how I feel.

    Brilliantly (none / 0) (#1)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 09:55:56 AM EST
    and accurately stated!

    Thanks, Gadget! (none / 0) (#2)
    by Jacob Freeze on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 10:25:33 AM EST